Paramount Pictures has set up a writers room for a film franchise based on the “Ology” book series. The plan is for a live-action family franchise universe, built around a research institute, where the fringe sciences that no one else takes seriously are studied in earnest.
Akiva Goldsman, the shepherd of the previous “Transformers” and Hasbro cinematic universe-building writer’s room initiatives at the studio, will serve in the same capacity again on this one with his Weed Road production banner producing the film.
The plan is for each of the writers to embrace one of the books and create a treatment with the visual artists who are part of this writers room. The hope is to ultimately have seven movie scripts with interconnected stories.
Those involved include Goldsman himself along with “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” scribe Jeff Pinkner; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon; “Guardians of the Galaxy” scribe Nicole Perlman, “Black Panther” screenwriter Joe Robert Cole, “Bumblebee” writer Christina Hodson, and Lindsey Beer who is adapting “Kingkiller Chronicle” for Sam Raimi and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Goldsman is also developing the Jack Ryan spin-off movie series “Rainbow Six” based on Tom Clancy’s novels with Ryan Reynolds rumored to play the role of John Clark.